Life is full of changes, challenges, and adventures. Our family recently encountered all three when we left Texas after living there 15 years and moved to Minnesota. The move allowed me to focus on our two daughters Katie and Sara and help them adapt to winter weather. Minnesota winters are no joke! Now that we have bought all the winter gear you can imagine I spend my time trying to keep one step ahead of two amazing teenagers, train and work with our sweet dogs, and advocate for students with dyslexia.
My bachelors degree is in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. I have had the opportunity to teach grades 1st through 8th (with the exception of 5th) in 4 different states; Kansas, Georgia, California, and Texas. My master’s degree is from California State University, East Bay in Reading. I am a certified Reading Specialist.
Reading instruction has always been my passion, but when my youngest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2010 I realized that I needed additional information and training. This lead me to The Shelton School in Dallas Texas where I trained for 2 years to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist. I am certified as a dyslexia specialist through The International Dyslexia Association as well at the Academic Language Therapy Association. My goal is to help students achieve all they can, encourage them to embrace their strengths, support parents as they learn how to help their child, and educate the local communities on dyslexia.
When I am not coordinating all the schedules of my wonderful and crazy crew I can usually be found doing one of four key things; hanging out on my deck enjoying beautiful Minnesota skies, working out or walking the wonderful paths in the area, snuggling our older dog Chevy, and training our new puppy Bentley to be a therapy dog. I am a mom, wife, teacher, crazy dog lover, advocate for kids who loves to laugh as much as possible, and encourage those around me to work hard, have some fun, and love fiercely.